Box Office: Old Wins Opening Weekend With $16.5 Million
M. Night Shyamalan's Old wins its opening weekend at the box office. The film beats the latest G.I. Joe, Marvel, and Space Jam films to rise to the top of the box office chart. In general, the box office is returning to the low numbers typical of the pandemic. Whether that's due to the prevalence of simultaneous home releases or the growing presence of COVID-19's delta variant remains a point of debate. Old will earn $16.5 million in its opening weekend, which is pretty distant from Black Widow's $80-million debut two weeks ago. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins lands in second place with $13.3 million. Despite the big opening, Black Widow suffered a big enough second-weekend drop to elicit a formal scolding from theater owners. The Marvel Studios film is in third place in its third weekend. Space Jam: A New Legacy is in fourth place, and F9 is in fifth.
Old received mixed reviews from critics. ComicBook.com's Patrick Cavanaugh called it "bizarre and baffling" in his review:
"Even though Old might be one of Shyamalan's biggest misses, his various other stories have earned him at least a few more years of optimism, as even he would likely agree that not all art is for everyone. Old assuredly has some important themes that will resonate with select audiences, yet it's ultimately another example of just how strong of a director Shyamalan can be while his scripting abilities fail to reach those visual heights, as whatever potential this story had, it is all completely squandered with outlandish and inhuman performances. What could have been his most humanistic outing ends up being his most alien, which says a lot for a filmmaker who has literally delivered us movies about aliens."
The movies rounding out the box office top-10 list this weekend include the Anthony Bourdain documentary, The Boss Baby sequel, The Forever Purge, and more. Keep reading to see this week's complete list.
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- Opening Weekend
- Total: $16.5 million
A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Old is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The film's cast includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, and Kathleen Chalfant.prevnext
2. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $13.3 million
An ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage welcomes tenacious loner Snake Eyes after he saves the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach him the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing him something he's been longing for: a home. However, when secrets from Snake Eyes' past are revealed, his honor and allegiance get tested -- even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
Snake Eyes is directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse, based on the G.I. Joe character. The film stars Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, and Iko Uwais.prevnext
3. Black Widow
- Week Three
- Weekend: $11.6 million
- Total: $154.8 million
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland, based on a screenplay by Eric Pearson. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz.prevnext
4. Space Jam: A New Legacy
- Week Two
- Weekend: $9.5 million
- Total: $51 million
Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI's digitized champions of the court -- a powered-up roster called the Goon Squad.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is directed by Michael D. Lee. The film stars LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Cedric Joe, with the voices of Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, and Zendaya.prevnext
- Week Five
- Weekend: $4.7 million
- Total: $163.3 million
Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they've ever encountered -- Dom's forsaken brother.
F9 is directed by Justin Lin, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Daniel Casey. The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.prevnext
6. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
- Week Two
- Weekend: $3.4 million
- Total: $16 million
Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive -- and discovering they've all played the game before.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is directed by Adam Robitel. The film stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, and Carlito Olivero.prevnext
7. The Boss Baby: Family Business
- Week Four
- Weekend: $2.7 million
- Total: $50.1 million
In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's Oscar-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers - Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) - have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again... and inspire a new family business.
The Boss Baby: Family Business is directed by Tom McGrath, based on a screenplay by Michael McCullers. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow.prevnext
8. The Forever Purge
- Week Three
- Weekend: $2.3 million
- Total: $40.3 million
On the run from a drug cartel, a Mexican couple battle vicious thugs who plan to continue the violent tradition of the now-outlawed Purge.
The Forever Purge is directed by Everardo Valerio Gout and written James DeMonaco. The film stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, and Will Patton.prevnext
9. A Quiet Place Part II
- Week Nine
- Weekend: $1.25 million
- Total: $157.5 million
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
A Quiet Place Part II is directed by John Krasinski. The film stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, and Djimon Hounsou.prevnext
10. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
- Week Two
- Weekend: $830,000
- Total: $3.7 million
It's not where you go. It's what you leave behind . . . Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was directed and produced by Morgan Neville. The documentary chronicles the life, career, and impact of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.prev